Geography at Harrow Gate Primary Academy
A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. National Curriculum in England, 2003
At Harrow Gate Primary Academy our curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
- understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
- are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
- collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
- interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length
Our school curriculum draws on the National Curriculum (2014) but is heavily adapted to suit our learners. We block our curriculum into knowledge-rich enquiry topics based around the following subjects: History, RE, Art, STEM and Geography. Geography is explicitly taught during Spring 1 in each year group.
Our school's curriculum model is that of a '3D Curriculum'. This focuses on making links between different topics and year groups rather than studying topics in isolation. Geography links are made between different topics and year groups rather than studying the topic in isolation. Vertical links: within a subject over the years, horizontal Links: between subjects in a year and diagonal links: between year groups AND subjects.
Here is our Geography progression document that details the Geography procedural knowledge and skills for each year group. Each year group then has a detailed unit plan with which they create a personalised S Plan with for their year group, adapting the unit plan to the specific needs and interests of the children.